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Sanctuary fire kills scores of cats

A fire at a California animal sanctuary killed more than 60 cats, authorities said.

Fire officials responded to the blaze at Last Hope Cat Kingdom in Atwater.

State fire spokesman Jose Quintana said the fire, caused by some sort of an electrical failure, was under control about two hours later.

But by then, more than 60 of the nearly 140 cats housed there had died.

Last Hope Cat Kingdom founder Renate Schmitz told the Merced Sun-Star they will be cremated at a pet cemetery.

Some of the others are now being treated for smoke inhalation at an animal medical centre.

Ms Schmitz said the cats could have escaped through doors in each of the sanctuary's rooms.

She plans to rebuild the facility, which had been open for four years.


From Belfast Telegraph